Upcoming Events
“I Am…You” installation at HUBweek: Oct. 12-15, 2017

hub-rendering-1When: October 12-15, 2017
Where: City Hall Plaza, Boston

Also on view Oct. 9, 2017 at the Fenway Alliance’s Opening Our Doors Festival.

“I Am…You” is an interactive multimedia installation facilitated by ARCK in partnership with HUBweek that explores the tapestry of self-identity and the current inflation of the ego, in order to encourage empathy. ARCK is collaborating with 7th grade students in four classrooms at Gardner Pilot Academy and the Lilla G. Frederick School to create a mural that invites participation and challenges the viewer to see themselves in the shoes of immigrants and refugees coming into the U.S.. Inside of a repurposed shipping container, visitors will participate in two interactive murals (fibers and whiteboard).

The project stems from our political environment of decreased funding to the arts, the refugee crisis, and the struggle for environmental justice. The installation will explore how these crises are shaping Americans’ cultural identity, and how empathy and connection to others can help us understand and face these challenges as a community.

HUBweek, Boston’s “festival for the future,” explores innovation at the intersections of art, science and technology.

See the time-lapse video, photo album, and behind-the-scenes blog post about this project!

Paint the Town Rouge: ARCK Gala 2017

Purchase your tickets to Paint the Town Rouge: ARCK’s 6th Annual Auction Benefit Gala

When: Thursday, October 26, 2017
VIP Reception: 6-7pm | General Admission: 7-11pm

Where: The Lenox Hotel | 61 Exeter St. | Boston, MA 02116

See here for more information.

We invite you to experience a Moulin Rouge-style evening of art and entertainment.

Wander the streets of Paris and Paint the Town Rouge, enjoying artwork by locally and internationally distinguished artists and by students from ARCK’s in-school arts integration programs. Dress to dance the night away with the best DJ in town. Bid on an array of exciting items in our silent auction. Savor an assortment of drinks and exquisite hors d’oeuvres. Capture your lively (and risqué) selves in our photo booth with Belle Époque dress-up props. And finally, enjoy dessert from Ben and Jerry’s amazing ice cream sundae bar. Our pre-event VIP reception at 6pm will feature oysters and fine champagne!

Check out the photo album from Paint the Town Rouge, courtesy of Sheila Capetta Photography/Infinity Portrait Design.

Budding Roots Exhibit & Reception on May 24th, 2017

Budding Roots Invitation“Budding Roots” is a dual exhibit featuring artwork by ARCK’s 7th graders at Gardner Pilot Academy & Founder/Executive Director Sara Mraish Demeter.

Opening Reception:

Wednesday, May 24th, 2017 from 6-7:30pm
At Coldwell Banker | 7 Channing Rd., Belmont, MA
RSVP to: Art.Coldwell@nemoves.com

The Budding Roots exhibit will run from May 10th – June 15th, 2017 at Coldwell. All proceeds will benefit ARCK.

Join us for #StandUpForArt on May 6th, 2017

JSUFA17_flyer(png)-02oin ARCK on the Boston Common on Saturday, May 6th to #StandUpForArt during ArtWeek Boston! Come to our table near Earl of Sandwich anytime from 12 to 4pm and share why the arts matter to you by decorating a paper heart. We’ll also have a chalkboard for you to write your message, to be shared on social media!

As an added treat, Ben & Jerry’s will be providing free ice cream to participants at Stand Up for Art.

Help spread the word that the arts matter, especially in these times of budget cuts to arts programming. We hope to see you at this all-ages event! See our Facebook event page here.

ARCK’s 5th Annual Fundraiser Gala on Oct 27th, 2016

gala2016einsteinandtitleThank you all who supported or attended our 5th annual benefit gala OUT OF THE BOX:  Think like Einstein, Paint like Pollock on October 27th, 2016! The event was a great success with 200 attendees, a super fun party, and sufficient funds raised to sustain our existing programs we’ve been running for 5 years in some of the Boston public schools.

Your support, care, and love makes it possible for us to fulfill our mission. You are helping students discover and explore their innate creativity – an important step in reaching their full potential.

“I Am, We Are” mural unveiling
Public_I Am Public Mural Invite (5-25-16)On June 14, 2016, Art Resource Collaborative for Kids (ARCK) unveiled a large outdoor public mural in the Fenway neighborhood. The mural was co-created by ARCK’s middle school students from Gardner Pilot Academy in Allston, ARCK’s teaching artists and interns, and professional artist Mark Cooper, known for his collaborative art endeavors with children across the country. The multi-panel mural, 48 feet wide and 12 feet tall, is now prominently displayed at 51 Brookline Avenue between Fenway Park and Yawkey Station. Entitled “I Am, We Are,” it showcases students’ exploration of their identities and multicultural communities to an audience of millions of local and visiting passersby.Attending our ceremony were special honorary guest Mayor Walsh and Arts and Culture Chief Julie Burros. The mayor and ARCK founder Sara Mraish Demeter spoke, and afterwards the Red Sox generously hosted a private reception for ARCK supporters, students, teachers, and families.

See these two beautiful videos about the project: http://www.cityofboston.gov/cable/video_library.asp?id=17646by the City of Boston of the unveiling ceremony and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_gvweAnPCWA by Small Army documenting the creation of the mural.

EXTRAordinary Women
Sara Mraish Demeter, the founder of Art Resource Collaborative for Kids (ARCK), was recently nominated and selected as a finalist in the EXTRAordinary Women of Boston Campaign launched by Mayor Marty Walsh’s Office of Women’s Advancement. This project aims to honor women of achievement from diverse fields and backgrounds for their outstanding leadership in Greater Boston.
During Sara’s tireless support of art education in Boston schools and the local community, she has promoted the idea that exposing children to art can spark exploration, self expression, logical thinking, self-esteem, imagination, and creativity. Children thrive when they create, experiment, and discover things they enjoy.
Sara recalls one recent interaction that illustrates ARCK’s impact:
At Blackstone School, a second grade girl told me that she wanted to write the word “mean” for the Leadership Self-Portrait Art Project, which was designed to encourage students to draw a self-portrait with a motto on it.
“‘Kids were mean to me,’ the little girl said, and stopped doing her work. I encouraged her by saying that the best way to fight people’s bad words is to stay strong and show your confidence,” Sara says. 
“After pausing for a bit, she took up the color pens and wrote ‘Stay Strong’ in 3-D with my help. Her artwork is as powerful as the President Obama Hope portrait painted by street artist Shepard Fairey. 
And then, she even voluntarily stood up in front of her peers in the class, presenting her incredible work and taking questions.
This little girl’s breakthrough embodies the importance of teaching students in accordance with their learning style, part of ARCK’s core approach. “Every kid is unique. A one-size-fit-all approach couldn’t possibly work in the classroom,” Sara says.
ARCK ‘s teaching artists act as facilitators of learning. Children need encouragement, not enforcement, to develop stronger self-motivation and pride in their work. As their confidence grows, children are motivated not by rewards from others, but by the sheer delight of seeing that their behavior has a positive impact on something or someone.
Sara believes that art is the reflection of societal issues. With that in mind, ARCK has designed a host of art projects to address current issues around refugees, immigration, human rights, and so forth. Through arts integration, ARCK is building tomorrow’s leaders — compassionate, creative global citizens.
Sara was highlighted on Tuesday, March 1st on the official website of the city of Boston. http://www.cityofboston.gov/women/
A HeART for ART during Boston ArtWeek – May 7ht, 12-4pm, on Boston Common
HeARTforART2016 Art Resource Collaborative for Kids (ARCK) teams up with Ben & Jerry’s for our annual “HeART for ART” event on Saturday, May 7th (the day before Mother’s Day!) from 12 to 4 pm. Stop by ARCK’s stand near the Earl of Sandwich on Boston Common by yourself or with your friends and family. Create a heart, drawn and colored any way you like, to express your love to your family, friends, or even the whole world. It’s not an art competition, but a love-sharing opportunity. Everyone who crafts a paper heart for us will be rewarded with delicious Ben & Jerry’s ice cream. ARCK will then spread the beautiful hearts around in local restaurants, cafés and shops in Boston to make people aware of and involved in arts education for Boston kids.
Craving more ice cream ? No problem, we’ve got your back. Make your way over to Ben & Jerry’s on Newbury St. and grab a “HeART for ART Sundae” — all proceeds from that special sundae will benefit ARCK’s quality art education offerings in Boston schools.
UNLOCK THE CHILDREN’S CREATIVITY Exhibition Opening – Apr 7th 5:30 – 7:30pm at FPAC, 300 Summer St, Boston

FPACThumb ARCK (Art Resource Collaborative for Kids) and FPAC (the Fort Point Arts Community Gallery) invites you to an exhibition of work produced by students of ARCK.  The reception is on Apr 7th, 5:30 – 7:30 at FPAC: 300 Summer Street, Boston, MA.  The exhibit is on from April 4th to April 27th.

Unlock the Children’s Creativity is an exhibition & collaboration between ARCK & the Fort Point Arts Community Gallery to promote & advocate for arts education in the Boston Public School community. The exhibition exemplifies how community members can come together to build bridges & eliminate silos.

This ambitious exhibition catalogs a pivotal moment for more than 100 students, ages 5 to 13, from 3 schools: East Boston Early Education Center, Blackstone Innovation School (South End), and Gardner Pilot Academy (Allston). Organized under the 3 primary themes of ARCK’s curriculum – Leadership, Civic Engagement, & Social Justice – this exhibition gives a voice to children through art and expresses the multicultural identities of Boston students.  Please view our flyer here: FPAC_Flyer

Support Art and Community by Getting Involved in our 2016 Mural Project


In 2016 ARCK will collaborate with Mark Cooper, a local artist, to create I AM, a Mural at the Fenway that will engage the community and promote youth voice self-expresson and intercultural exchanges. Please read about our project in details in our comprehensive brochure

We are looking for sponsors to help us raise funds for our programming. Sponsors get to have their name on the first big plaque depending on the amount they contribute. For more information please contact info@arckboston.org

Special Event at Moxie, Thursday, December 17th 6-9pm

Please join us for a special event on December 17th 6-9pm at 51 Charles St, Boston.

Artist Kaylie Abela will be showing and selling her latest collection.

Holiday shop, view art and sip champagne at Moxie. A portion of the night’s total proceeds will benefit ARCK.

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Annual Benefit Gala and Auction on November 7th at 7pm at CIC Boston


Join our Annual Benefit Gala and Auction on November 7th at 7pm at CIC Boston

50 Milk Street, 17th Floor, Boston MA 02109

Purchase your ticket at iheartthenight.com/arckgala or read more on our Gala page, or the printable invitation.

A HeART for ART during Boston ArtWeek – May 9, 12-4pm

Join Arts Resource Collaborative for Kids in the Boston Common on Saturday, May 9th for our A HeART for ART event during Boston ArtWeek! Come to our table near the Earl of Sandwich anytime from 12pm to 4pm and show us what you love by decorating a paper heart. Donate your heart back to ARCK and you will get a sweet treat from Ben and Jerry’s! ARCK will then hang the hearts in Boston businesses to gain awareness for arts education. If you are craving more ice cream, then head to Ben and Jerry’s on Newbury St. to get a HeART for ART Sundae where 100% of the proceeds from that sundae will be donated to ARCK. Please support arts education in Boston.

We hope to see you at this all-ages event!

Paint Night at 36 Bromfield Street – May 1st, 6-9pm 



Come create a masterpiece at our second paint night, held at our spacious office on 36 Bromfield Street! This paint night will be hosted again by the amazing Antonia Ramis Miguel! Price is $40 at the door and includes supplies and refreshments. Space is limited, so be sure to RSVP by sending an email to info@arckboston.org

BHWF Beacon Hill Womens Forum – April 14th, 6pm

BHWF220 ARCK’s Founder Sara Demeter, as well as Traci Griffith, the Principal of the Eliot School will talk about transforming the boston public schools at this special event hosted by the BWHF. 6pm start time for cocktail hour – Come early and connect! 7pm Speaker. Location: The Hampshire House, 84 Beacon Street, Boston

Paint Night at ArtROX! Hub – February 27th, 6-10pm


Come and paint a beautiful landscape with artist Antonia Ramis Miguel at the new “ArtRox! Hub”, at 22 Warren Street in Dudley Square! Price is $40 at the door, including supplies and refreshments. 50 % discount to our new partners Discover Roxbury and Future Boston Alliance. All proceeds will help ARCK fund art materials for public school students. Click on the flyer for further details!

ARCK is excited to announce our new partnership with Discover Roxbury and Future Boston Alliance, which has enabled us to contribute to the opening of the ArtRox! Hub. The Hub is located in Dudley Square and will be used to host art-making workshops for the public, gallery-style exhibitions, artist networking events, and merchandise and artwork sales. Our new partnership furthers ARCK’s goals of providing art education to Boston students. As ARCK founder Sara Mraish Demeter explained, “Working near the new Boston Public Schools headquarters in the heart of Roxbury fits right in with ARCK’s mission to bring vibrant arts education to all Boston students. This new collaboration furthers our dream of breaking down silos and promoting inter-cultural dialogue through art.”

Annual Auction Benefit Gala at the SMFA – November 6th, 6:30 – 9:30 pm



  • Our guests and donors for making it a successful event
  • Our master of ceremonies, Emmy Award-winning arts and entertainment critic Joyce Kulhawik
  • Our auctioneer David Brown Chief Advancement Officer at Forsyth Institute and former Channel 5 broadcaster
  • BPS Executive Director for the Arts Myran Parker-Brass
  • Michelle Wu Boston City Councillor At Large
  • Jay Livingstone State Representative
  • Josh Zakim Boston City Councillor
  • Our Planning Committee leads Dan Moon and Harry Collins
  • Designer and author Joseph Abboud, BPS alumnus
  • Joshua Lewin of Bread & Salt Boston for catering
  • Zoya Mohan for providing live music
  • All of our team members and volunteers
  • Our sponsors for their continuous support!
CHARMED BY CHARITY – September 17th, 6pm – 9pm

CharmedbyCharity Come and shop at Alex and Ani during the Charmed by Charity event, and a portion of the sales will go to ARCK.   You may reserve your free ticket on  Eventbrite

ARTS IN THE PARK in Titus Sparrow Park – Tuesday, August 19th, 10am – 1pm

ARCK in collaboration with the USES’ Children’s Art Centre is pleased to invite you to the 10th annual USES Arts in the Park event! Children, families, summer groups and art lovers of all ages – please join us for a day of FREE creative activities with local artists and arts organizations. Storytellers from massmouth, inc. will perform multicultural tales at 10:45 am and 11:15 am. Pack a picnic lunch and rock out to the Toe Jam Puppet Band at 12:00 pm. Save your appetite for free sno-cones and light refreshments provided by Whole Foods and Foodie’s Markets! Activities will be offered by: Museum of Fine Arts | Boston Center for the Arts | sparc! The ArtMobile | ARCK | Little Lovage Club | local artist Elisa Solignac. This interactive and hands-on children’s art festival will be held at Titus Sparrow Park located on the corner of West Newton Street and Columbus Ave. in Boston’s South End. Click here to view the official flyer: Arts in the Park 2014

JUNETEENTH CELEBRATION AT THE MFA – Wednesday, June 18th, 6 – 9 pm
juneteenthOn Wednesday, June 18th, ARCK will be joining up with Future Boston Alliance at the Museum of Fine Arts to celebrate the second annual Juneteenth Celebration, the commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. June 19th has been celebrated as African American Emancipation Day since its origins in Galveston, Texas in 1865, and has since spread across the country. It is a free event, with programs ranging from speakers and performers to picnics. Click here to find out more and register.
A HeART for ART on the Boston Common  – Saturday, June 7th, 1 – 5pm

On June 7th, families from our community will gather on the Common (near Earl of Sandwich). We will have a table set up with art supplies so people of all ages can paint a heart and “donate” it to ARCK. We’ll then display the hearts in local businesses to promote arts and culture in Boston. It’s going to be a huge social media drive — businesses will choose a day to tweet and post about #AHeartForArt, and they may offer ARCK a % of their total sale of that day. People who create the hearts can find out where they end up by following #FollowMyHeart.

It’s going to be fun, and will involve lots of local businesses. We’re hoping to generate quite a buzz — but at its heart, the event is to spread the word on arts education for underserved students in the Boston Public Schools. We want Boston to be a city rich in arts and culture, but if our BPS children have little access to arts ed, how can we expect Boston to be truly world-class? There are about 128 BPS schools, with 57,000 students — imagine the impact we could have if these children had more access to creative learning.

A Heart for Art Invitation (2)

For more information click on the invitation:

You can also help by donating on our website. We need your support! Light refreshments will be provided, so come out, have some fun, and help support ARCK and our vision!

November 8th 2013

Click for more information: Dance For Art!

Come shop, drink, mingle, dance, and support the arts! Hosted by Rumor Nightclub Boston. Purchase tickets by clicking the link below.

$25 in advance / $30 at the door


June 20th 2013

ARCK on Deck at the SMFA!

April 15th 2013
ARCK Spring Newsletter